Updated at 1:48 p.m.
Due to forecast inclement weather for Sept. 20, and the fact the racetrack is outside, the remote-control race has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 23 starting at noon. The All Star takes place at 12:45 p.m.
Bishop Alexander Carter Secondary School will be hosting a remote-controlled car race Sept. 20.
The event, which begins at 12 p.m., will feature Bishop Alexander students racing each other and students from École Secondaire Franco Cité in Sturgeon Falls for the coveted Bishop Cup.
The high-flying racing action will be divided into four fast and furious classes: stock, modified, monster truck, and the always popular king of the hill. In the king of the hill class, all of the drivers get to compete at the same time, regardless of what kind of vehicle they race.
To add to the excitement, this year the Bishop Carter Speedway has a new feature, an all new electronic state-of-the-art timing system.
By installing tiny onboard sensors to the remote controlled cars, this system is able to record the cars' lap times down to the hundredths of a second.
Not only are the lap times recorded, but the system also runs the race and actually talks to the drivers. During the race, it will tell the drivers what position they're in, the fastest lap times, and, of course, when to stop and go.
The school's remote-controlled car club began in September 2012, when a group of teachers thought it would be great if there could be a club that would
interest the schools large population of “gearheads.”
It was decided that remote-controlled car racing would be the perfect club because it’s very hands on, students learn about how cars work, it's safe, and it’s affordable. Anther bonus is that the racing ties into the curriculum nicely.
The manufacturing and wood working classes were crucial in the actual fabrication of the track. The Grade 9-10 Workplace Math class was put in charge of measuring and dividing the track into 10 equal-sized chunks.
The Specialist High Skills Major class recorded the event from an array of different angles and are currently editing the footage.
Numerous teachers are incorporating the cars into physics and math questions. In the future, the club plans on further expanding its membership and possibly teaming up with some community clubs.
While the members aren’t racing, the teachers are showing the students how to maintain and tune up their machines.